em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik \

Definition of embryonic 

1 : of or relating to an embryo

2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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The endeavor, which is still in embryonic stages, will have public-health expert Dr. Atul Gawande as its CEO. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "DOJ approves $69B CVS-Aetna merger as healthcare industry restructures," 11 Oct. 2018 So far the project is still in the embryonic stage. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Google’s plans for first wired urban community raise data-privacy concerns," 2 Oct. 2018 Another team built a three-input, two-output full adder (a circuit that literally adds up numbers), which combines different types of logic gates, in human embryonic cells. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 In July, JetBlue founder David Neeleman tentatively ordered up to 60 A220s for his embryonic startup, Moxy, which plans to fly to mid-size markets in the U.S. like Providence or Burbank, with a launch expected in 2022. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 His answer sounds like an early road map for the social credit system: to use then-embryonic tools such as artificial intelligence to collect and synthesize reams of data. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 2018 Stem cells 1998: Researcher James A. Thomson becomes the first scientist to derive and grow human embryonic stem cells in the lab. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 That’s unusual: In most other mammals, testicles form during embryonic development near the kidneys and then descend, either to the lower abdomen or an external scrotum, by the time of a male’s birth. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 During embryonic development in human males, reproductive structures morph into proto-testes deep in the abdomen (in females, these same structures go on to form ovaries). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo

: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik \

Medical Definition of embryonic 

1 : of or relating to an embryo

2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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